Chemistry

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CHEM.5020 Matter in Context (Formerly 84.502) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 030762

This is the first course of a two-semester chemistry program that provides teachers with everyday experiences that are directly related to fundamental chemical concepts. As such, it emphasizes the need to make careful observations, collect data, formulate conclusions and make predictions based on those findings. Teachers gain knowledge and skills by observing local chemical phenomena that allow them to then examine more complex chemical systems like global warming, ozone depletion, and the greenhouse effect; air and water quality; ecosystems; environmental factors in evolution and biodiversity; the earth, and the food web. Inherent in this process is an exposure to modeling, both developing and using physical and mathematical models to describe observed chemical phenomena. Teachers will practice inquiry methods, enhance their critical thinking skills and learn to use a variety of technical and laboratory skills to design, perform and interpret experiments

CHEM.5140 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Formerly 84.514) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007701

Designed to provide graduate students and senior undergraduate students with an understandingof the principles and the theory of analytical measurements and instrumentation. The course isdivided into three sections consisting of a) analytical measurements including potentiometry andvoltammetry, b) spectrophotometric measurements (i.e. molecular spectrometry), and c) ionicequilibria and statistics. This course is required for graduate programs in Analytical Chemistryand Environmental Studies (Ph.D.) and is recommended for students in other graduate programssuch as Biology, Biochemistry and Environmental Studies (MS) and other areas of chemistry.

CHEM.5160 Advanced Techniques (Formerly 84.516) Credits: 3

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Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007703

CHEM.5200 Chronatography (Formerly 84.520) Credits: 3

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Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007706

CHEM.5230 Organic Reaction Mechanisms (Formerly 84.523) Credits: 3

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Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007708

Provides insight into how reactions occur and how reaction mechanisms are studied. Emphasis is placed on bonding, structure and reactivity. Conformational analysis and stereoelectronic effects, including an introduction to the application of computational chemistry to these subjects.

CHEM.5240 Organic Synthesis (Formerly 84.524) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007709

Mechanism, scope and limitations of important selected types of reactions and design of synthetic sequences. Emphasis is placed on methodology of synthesis and current literature.

CHEM.5260 Chromatography (Formerly 84.526) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007711

Coverage directed to the performance of packed and capillary column for gas chromatography and HPLC. Modern injection, detector and pumping systems used in chromatography are also discussed.

CHEM.5320 Advanced Physical Chemistry (Formerly 84.532) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007715

Extension of introductory physical chemistry. Open to undergraduates and graduate students in chemistry and related fields. Emphasis is placed on classical and statistical thermodynamics; surface and colloid chemistry; and electronic and vibration-rotation spectra.

CHEM.5380 Biochemical Mechanisms (Formerly 84.538) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007720

Discussion of various biochemical reactions from the point of view of organic reaction mechanisms. Kinetics, coenzymes and methods of the study of enzyme and catalysis and mechanisms are emphasized.

CHEM.5430 Modern Inorganic Chemistry (Formerly 84.543) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007722

A theoretical treatment of atomic structure and chemical bonds, included are such topics as Russell Saunders' coupling, molecular orbital theory, ligand field theory, and descriptive coordination chemistry.

CHEM.5500 Biochemistry I (Formerly 84.550) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007726

An advanced study of the structure and properties of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids, including kinetics and mechanisms of enzyme action and detailed description of metabolic pathways of carbohydrates and lipids.

CHEM.5510 Biochemistry II (Formerly 84.551) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007727

A continuation of 84.550 with emphasis on metabolic pathways of amino acids and nucleic acid, biosynthesis of proteins and selected topics in molecular biology and various areas of biochemistry.

CHEM.5600 Advanced Physical Biochemistry (Formerly 84.560) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007732

Physical chemistry encompasses a group of principles and methods helpful in solving many different types of problems. This course will present selected principles of thermodynamics,kinetics, statistical thermodynamics and quantum mechanics as they are applied to biochemicalsystems. Various experimental techniques will be strongly emphasized in view of their importancein biochemical research.

CHEM.5620 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (Formerly 84.562) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 036766

Pharmaceutical Biochemistry examines the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of drug interaction. Topics include basic aspects of molecular complementarity (molecular recognition), specificity and stability of ligand binding (energetus), as well as crystallographic and computational approaches.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: CHEM.5500 Biochemistry I

CHEM.5630 Chemistry Of Natural Products (Formerly 84.563) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007733

Covers the proof of structure of various types of natural products, approaches to the total synthesis of these products and the biosynthetic pathways.

CHEM.5660 Nanomaterials and Nanostructures (Formerly 84.566) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037645

Nanoscience and nanotechnology focus on the understanding and control of matter at the dimension of 1-100 nanometers, i.e., the nanoscale. Nanoscale structures, materials and devices have unique properties and functions solely because of their sizes. Research and technology development in nanoscience and nanotechnology aim at understanding the fundamental nanoscale phenomena, synthesizing, fabricating and imaging nanomaterials and nanostructures, and constructing nanoscale systems that offer unprecedented properties and functions. In this course, we will discuss the fundamental nanoscale phenomena. We will learn variety of nanomaterial characterization techniques including scanning probe, electron probe, absorption and particle spectroscopies. Fabrication processes of top-down and bottom-up approaches will be discussed, including molecular and material self-assembly. We will study surface phenomena and surface energy that are of critical importance for nanomaterials and nanostructures. We will also learn various ways to control the structures and properties of nanomaterials and surfaces. A variety of nanomaterials and nanostructures will be discussed, including metal, semiconductor, organic and inorganic nanoparticles, carbon nanomaterials, and various natural and synthetic nanostructured surfaces. Applications of these nanomaterials in nanomedicine and theranostics will also be discussed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 84.222 Organic Chemistry IIA.

CHEM.5670 Computational Biochemistry (Formerly 84.567) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007735

This course will provide and introductory survey of the basis of theory/simulations of biomolecules. It is accessible to anyone who has completed two semesters of undergraduate chemistry and who has some background in physical chemistry. Topics/examples will be borrowed from modern biological chemistry and biophysics of single biomolecules. The course will be useful for senior undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Chem/Bioinformatics 84.567 will attempt to cultivate computational skills, which on needs to tackle current scientific problems of biology and biophysics.

CHEM.5680 Structural Analysis (Formerly 84.568) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007736

Practical applications of instrumental data in the determination of the structure of organic compounds and polymers. Includes mass spectrometry, ultra-violet spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Open to undergraduate students with permission.

CHEM.5700 Protein Chemistry (Formerly 84.570) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007737

This course outlines the assembly process, structural and functional attributes of protein. Special attention will be given to three-dimensional structures, folding, post translational modifications, misfolding and degradations, as well as biochemical and biophysical techniques used to elucidate protein structure and function.

CHEM.5800 Bioanalytical Chemistry (Formerly 84.580) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007739

Analytical biochemistry involves the separation, detection, and analysis of biological molecules. This course addresses advanced theory and applications of contempory biochemical techniques and instrumentation. Topics covered include chromatographic and electrophoretic separation techniques, detection of biomolecules by spectroscopy and radiochemical methods, biological preparations, and structural analysis of proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides and lipids.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre or Co-Req: 84.550 Biochemistry I.

CHEM.6010 Chemistry Seminar (Formerly 84.601) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 007741

Required of all graduate students. Presentation of current topics by graduate students.

CHEM.6020 Chemistry Seminar (Formerly 84.602) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 007742

Required of all graduate students. Presentation of current topics by graduate students.

CHEM.6030 Chemistry Colloquium (Formerly 84.603) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 007743

Required of all graduate students. Presentation of current topics by visiting scientists and staff.

CHEM.6040 Chemistry Colloquium (Formerly 84.604) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 007744

Required of all graduate students. Presentation of current topics by visiting scientists and staff.

CHEM.6310 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry l (Formerly 84.631) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 039345

This course teaches fundamental principles of drug development, including small organic compounds and biologics. Key aspects of their synthesis, physical characteristics, and pharmaceutical properties are discussed. Topics covered include discovery strategies, statistic-based modeling (e.g.,QSAR), structure-based and mechanism-based design methods, and combinatorial techniques.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: CHEM 5500 Biochemistry l, and CHEM 5620 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry.

CHEM.6320 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry ll (Formerly 84.632) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 039346

The mechanisms of prototypical drug classes are discussed, including structure-property relationships. Computational methods and means of visualizing drug-substrate interactions at the molecular level are emphasized. Drug design and function are integrated with relevant topics in related disciplines, including biochemistry, biology and physiology.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: CHEM 6310 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry l and Co-req: CHEM 5510 Biochemistry ll. Note: that CHEM 5510 (Biochemistry ll) could be taken prior to this course instead of concurrently.

CHEM.6410 Co-Op Internship (Formerly 84.641) Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 035199

Practical training for International Students in a Co-operative agreement with Industry or a Government Laboratory for 1 semester.

CHEM.6520 Selected Topics: Chemistry (Formerly 84.652) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007747

CHEM.6530 Chemical Oceanography (Formerly 84.653) Credits: 3

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Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007748

CHEM.6720 Surface and Colloid Chemistry (Formerly 84.672) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 033615

Surface and colloid chemistry describes the nanoscopic and mesoscopic regimes that connect molecular and macroscopic length scales. The course focuses on how phenomena at macroscopic surfaces and interfaces arise from molecular interactions. Intermolecular and surface forces discussed in detail include van der Waals and electrostatic forces, and how these together with steric interactions give rise to different molecular aggregates (self-assembled structures of surface active molecules and polymers) in bulk solution and in the vicinity of solid surfaces. Examples of modern experimental techniques for measurements of surface forces and for characterization of surfaces and aggregates are discussed and demonstrated.

CHEM.7050 Supervised Teaching Ch & Ps (Formerly 84.705) Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 007750

CHEM.7310 Graduate Project in Chemistry (Formerly 84.731) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 035693

Continued research project supplementing the research credits for a doctoral student. This course will require special permission from the Graduate Coordinator.

CHEM.7330L Graduate Project - Chemistry (Formerly 84.733) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007751

CHEM.7410 Master's Thesis - Chemistry (Formerly 84.741) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 036421

Master's Thesis - Chemistry

CHEM.7430 Master's Thesis - Chemistry (Formerly 84.743) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007754

CHEM.7460 Master's Thesis - Chemistry (Formerly 84.746) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 007755

CHEM.7490 Master's Thesis - Chemistry (Formerly 84.749) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 007756

CHEM.7510 Graduate Doctoral Research Credit (Formerly 84.751) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 035659

CHEM.7530 Doctoral Dissertation/Chemistry (Formerly 84.753) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007757

CHEM.7560 Doctoral Dissertation/Chemistry (Formerly 84.756) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 007758

CHEM.7590 Doctoral Dissertation /Chemistry (Formerly 84.759) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 007759

CHEM.7630 Continued Graduate Research (Formerly 84.763) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 007760

CHEM.7690 Continued Graduate Research (Formerly 84.769) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 007762

POLY.5030 Polymer Science I (Formerly 97.503) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008752

A study of the principles of condensation, free radical, ionic, coordination and ring opening polymerization. The topics include the effect of polymerization techniques on reaction kinetics and molecular weight, and the evaluation of reactivity ratios in copolymerization reactions.

POLY.5040 Polymer Science II (Formerly 97.504) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008753

Introduction to chain statistics and thermodynamics of macromolecular solutions, methods of study of molecular weight and chain conformation, and the properties of polymers in bulk including viscoelasticity and crystallinity.

POLY.5110 Biopolymers (Formerly 97.511) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008756

Topics include conformation and configuration of vinyl polymers and polypeptides, energetics of chain folding and examination of the forces dictating ordered structures, helix to coil transitions in biopolymers with emphasis on polypeptide structures, instrumental analysis of biopolymer conformation, synthesis of biopolymers including polypeptides, polysaccarides and polynucleotides, and examination of relationships between synthetic polymers and naturally occurring polymers.

POLY.5530 Macromolecules Organic Chemistry (Formerly 97.553) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008759

An advanced study in polymer science concerned with the synthesis of macromolecules and their mechanisms of formation.

POLY.6010 Polymer Science Seminar (Formerly 97.601) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 008760

Required of all Polymer Science graduate students. Presentation of current topics in polymer science by graduate students.

POLY.6020 Seminar in Polymer Science (Formerly 97.602) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 008761

Required of all Polymer Science graduate students. Presentation of current topics in polymer science by graduate students.

POLY.6030 Polymer Science Colloquium (Formerly 97.603) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 008762

Required of all Polymer Science graduate students. Presentation of current topics in polymer science by visiting scientists and staff.

POLY.6040 Polymer Science Colloquium (Formerly 97.604) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 008763

Required of all Polymer Science graduate students. Presentation of current topics in polymer science by visiting scientists and staff.

POLY.6490 Introduction to Conjugated Polymers (Formerly 97.649) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008764

This course is an introduction to the fundamental science and potential applications of conjugated polymers in optical and electronic technologies. The topics covered include history, synthesis and molecular structure, including solid state polymerization; crystallinity and morpholgy, including assembly methods; electronic structure including energy bands, conjugation defects and photoelectron spectroscopy; properties of the insulating forms including light absorption and emission, thermochromism, carrier transport, electroluminescence and nonlinear optical properties; properties of the conducting forms, including ""doping""; some specific devices.

POLY.7050 Supervised Teaching in Polymer Science (Formerly 97.705) Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 008767

POLY.7430 Master's Thesis in Polymer Science (Formerly 97.743) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008771

POLY.7460 Master's Thesis in Polymer Science (Formerly 97.746) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 008772

POLY.7490 Master's Thesis in Polymer Science (Formerly 97.749) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 008773

POLY.7510 Thesis Review (Formerly 97.751) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 035642

This is a one credit thesis review course.

POLY.7530 Doctoral Dissertation in Polymer Science (Formerly 97.753) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008774

POLY.7560 Doctoral Dissertation in Polymer Science (Formerly 97.756) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 008775

POLY.7590 Doctoral Dissertation in Polymer Science (Formerly 97.759) Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 008776

POLY.7690 Continued Graduate Research (Formerly 97.769) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 008779